Ever heard of the Scottish wildcat? Currently, on the homepage of the Scottish Wildcat Association
you can see a photograph of one climbing a tree. If you didn't know better, you'd think this was your neighbour's moggie; there are lots of videos of the animal on YouTube and related sites, although it appears there are anything but lots of them in the wild, less than a hundred now it seems, and their gene pool is being diluted by cross-breeding with domestic cats.
If you care about the fauna of Scotland, and more importantly want to help preserve the gene pool of this swiftly vanishing species, there is currently an e-petition in support of it on the Care2 petition
Does anyone who matters pay any attention to such petitions? Last April, Florida schoolgirl Kiera Wilmot caused an explosion at her school and ended up being both arrested and expelled
Some 23,000 people were said to have signed a petition in her support, and all charges against her were subsequently dropped, though it remains to be seen if this was a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc
Florida has been in the news a lot of late, and after the acquittal of Lucky George
for the murder of not-so-lucky Trayvon, an organisation called the NAACP has started a petition to begin a second prosecution of George Zimmerman, which has to date attracted a million signatures
But not everyone is impressed with this organisation's approach, including Dr. Alveda King
who points out the NAACP also supports so-called gay
marriage and abortion on demand.
There are plenty of other e-petitions for you to sign; one of the top ones in the UK is the Stop the badger cull petition
. Started by Queen guitarist Brian May
, to date this official petition on the HM Government site has attracted over a quarter of a million signatures.
Most petitions attract far fewer signatures, such as the one started by Aaron Farbridge calling on the Government to end the ban against practising homosexuals donating blood
. This is said to be discriminatory. What else could it be? The people who work at a certain Manchester clinic
could answer that, but if they did, they'd probably be branded homophobic